212178 Public health accreditation and public health nursing: The intersect

Monday, November 9, 2009

Kaye Bender, RN, PHD, FAAN , Executive Director, Public Health Accreditation Board, Alexandria, VA
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) was created in 2007 to oversee a national voluntary public health accreditation process. To date, standards and measures have been developed and will be beta tested in early 2010. Once the beta test has been completed, a national program will be available to begin health department accreditation in 2011. The goal is that 60% of the country will live in jurisdictions served by accredited health departments by 2015. The PHAB process is based on total quality improvement for public health. Public health nurses can play a key role in the preparation, review and evaluation activities associated with the work of PHAB.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the current activities of the Public Health Accreditation Board in preparing for a national voluntary public health accreditation system. 2. Discuss ways in which public health nurses can be instrumental in the implementation of a national public health accreditation system.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the new President and CEO for the Public Health Accreditation Board and am working on the development of the national public health accreditation program for state, local and tribal health departments. I chaired the study committee that developed the recommendations for this program. I have over 30 years experience in public health and several publications on this topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.